Children are beautiful and innocent and trust their Guardians, their family, friends and relatives, yet some of us breach this trust and abuse the kids physically, emotionally and sexually. Children nowadays aremore at risk because of the busy schedule of working parents & child carebeing outsourced to servants, tutors, drivers & strangers for various reasons.
In a shocking revelation, a government commissioned survey found that more than 53% of children in India were subjected to sexual abuse, but most don’t report the assault to anyone. In 50% of child abuse cases, the abusers were known to the child or family. Abusers were in a position of trust and responsibility and so most children were unable to report it to anyone.
Sexual abuse is more common than it is thought. It can happen in all types of families & every person is vulnerable to it. Very young children as well as teenagers can become victims of abuse. Both boys and girls could be target to the abusers.
Government and CBSE are putting extra efforts in making all concerned authorities aware with issues of abuse and its prevention.To prevent & reduce abuse, an act The Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act( POCSO) came into effect on Children’s Day November 14, 2012.
One of the challenges with parents & teachers is giving children clear and helpful messages about their bodies& health issues, discussing issues of sexuality appropriate for their age, and also about dangers they may face.Schools , RWA ,NGOs can play an important role in the prevention of child abuse by creating awareness on providing safe & supportive environment, by providing positive role models, educating children on safety and opportunities for children to learn good touch & bad touch & making informed choices. Effective communication with children is the most important key to child safety.Life skills programmes can equip children with necessary skills requiredto cope up with the problems &also learning the skills to say No & Reporting danger & threat to the parents or teachers. We all need to join hands to deal with the issue and stamp it out.
Karan Consultants has been organizing sessions in schools, communities for sensitization of Parents, teachers & students.The methodologies used to train parents & teachers are through Case Studies, movies, videos, Group Discussions & Role-plays.
To know more on our training visit our FB ( Meenu Bhargava, Counsellor).